Charlotte Water issues voluntary restrictions due to drought

Residents of Charlotte are being asked to take voluntary conservation measures, because of current drought conditions.

Charlotte Water joins the other 40+ members of the Drought Management Advisory Group (DMAG) in asking customers to:

  • Only irrigate on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 6pm—6am if you must irrigate
  • Limit landscape watering of no more than one inch of water per week, this includes rain
  • Conserve all water use indoors and outdoors
  • Refrain from outdoor water use during the day (6am to 6pm) to reduce evaporation losses
  • Refrain from filling pools
  • Only top off swimming pools on Thursday and Sundays, between 6pm - 6am
  • Discontinue operation of fountains and other ornamental water features that do not sustain aquatic animal life

Residential Customer Voluntary Recommendations:

  • Do not wash vehicles at home, use commercial car wash locations that recycle water instead
  • Refrain from residential power washing

Commercial Customer Voluntary Recommendations:

  • Businesses should educate employees and customers about water conservation practices
  • Charity groups should consider alternatives to car washes for fundraising activities
  • Property managers should repair known water leaks and increase plumbing inspection frequency
  • Fleet managers should reduce car washing frequency

Dry weather conditions and above-average temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 1 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 1 is the second of five drought stages outlined in the LIP and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin, in addition to
operational adjustments by Duke Energy.